Maintenance of feet


We will  discuss the most annoying foot problems and how to fix it.

 

Corn

     It’s a thick, hardened dead skin on or between your toes.

Causes:

     Too-tight shoes. When there’s pressure on the toe bones, the skin proliferates there to try to protect them.

Treatment:

     If drugstore corn removers don’t dissolve the skin, ask your doctor about having a procedure to remove them.

Prevention:

     Wear shoes with a wider toe box.

 

 Nail Fungus

     It’s an infection that begins as a white or yellow spot, then causes crumbling.

Cause:

          Fungus getting into the nail.

Treatment:

    These can be tough to shake; you’ll need to take prescription oral antifungal meds for at least 12 weeks.

Prevention

    You can still go for pedis at the salon-just don’t let anyone cut your cuticles, to avoid exposing the nail be to fungus.

 

Athlete’s foot

    It’s a fungus that looks like a red rash on your soles or between your toes.

Causes:

    Going barefoot in damp environment, such as locker rooms, or walking around with sweaty feet.

Treatment:

    If an OTC lotion or cream doesn’t work after a week or two, see a dermatologist for stronger relief, or to rule out another issue.

Prevention:

    Keep your feet as clean and dry as possible.

 

Plantar warts

     Small, hard, fleshy growths on your soles.

Causes:

    A strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV). (Don’t worry-it’s not dangerous.)

Treatment:

    Most of warts disappear on their own in several years, but if the warts keep coming back, your doctor can freeze them off with liquid nitrogen.

Prevention:

   Although warts aren’t highly contagious, they can be spread

through cracks in the skin- so avoid going barefoot in public places.

 

Ingrown toenails

   It’s when your toenail painfully growing into your toe.

 

Causes:

   Often, there’s no reason at all, though clipping your nails too short

or wearing too-tight shoes can be triggers.

Treatment:

   Wrap a strip of medical tape around the toe to pull the flesh away from the m nail. But if you notice pus or redness, or are in pain, see a doctor.

Prevention:

   Keep your nails short-but not too short.

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